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Note that this is a photo heavy diary and many of the pictures might be a bit disturbing, but I really encourage you to work through them as they have good endings!

Part one of this series sets the stage for this still on-going hoarder rescue.  

We are close to being done with surgeries, now, with only Venus and Galaxy left on the surgery list and Galaxy remains a question. The eye specialist wants to let her eye grow for another 3 months to see if that might help. If it doesn't, we will have to remove Galaxy's right eye.

Over the jump.

For your listening pleasure!

This last month or so has seen three more teenaged kittens find their furrever homes:

The lovely Brie
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The wonderful and loving Moo (black and white huggie!)
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And the funny Mixed Nuts (we named him this as one testicle was white and the other was black)
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Three more teenagers are now ready to go:

The amazing and extremely affectionate one-eyed pirate Mercury (at the fore of the photo). Mercury had to have his eye removed due to neglect.
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And here he is reading dKos (this cat LOVES television and dKos):
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Jack, who is feisty AND a lover. Jack is only partially sighted in his left eye but it will get neither better nor worse. The white you see is corneal plaque, the result of having eye disease left untreated by the hoarder.
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Garganzola, who is a wee bit timid but is coming around nicely, is certainly gorgeous and is also normal-eyed.
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We have had three more eyes removed since last I diaried on the cats, and thank you to those of you who donated to help.  It is greatly appreciated.

Swiss, who is a lovely and gentle petite teenager (surgery was done last week)
Swiss before surgery (at entry)
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Swiss After her January 20th surgery
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Black Hole (one of the eight space kittens) who is a wee bit shy but doing VERY well and getting more behaviorally strong all the time.

Before BH's surgery:
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After his January 20th surgery
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Saturn, who the vet would adopt but she already owns 12 cats!  This is THE nicest kitten... almost one that a little girl could put doll clothes on.  Very even tempered and sweet.

Saturn Before Surgery
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Saturn being Saturn
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Saturn 36 hours post surgery (she is on pain meds and antibiotics)
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Black Hole, Swiss and Saturn should be ready to go in about 3-4 weeks and while adoptions are very slow, we hope some kind hearts will find a place for these three in them.

Mars is also ready to go to his furrever home. Mars is blind in one eye, but this eye does not need to be removed, thankfully. He is micropthalmic in this eye (tiny-eyed) but unlike many of the kittens here some with this condition, the eye does not give him trouble. Mars is a bit shy but is improving every day!
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Next week, the beautiful and totally blind Venus will have both of her eyes removed. She is one of two totally blind teenagers. If you have never been around blind kittens, you would be amazed at what they can do! They learn to push their whiskers forward when moving to detect things in their way.  They play with balls and toys that make noise just like sighted kittens.  They climb (and when coming down, usually back down instead of heading down head-first).  We are hoping to get these two blind teenagers, Venus and Mazzarella, into a blind kitten rescue.

Here she is as of now:
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Here is a very short (and cute) video of some blind kittens at Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in North Carolina.

You can see more here.

We have never discussed the seven adults within these posts, and that is what we'll be doing next time along with updating these kittens.

If you are interested in sponsoring a cat or kitten from this hoarder rescue, please contact us. Sponsorship is $25.00/month, and really helps us maintain the high quality of food and care we provide these cats and kittens. Besides these hoarder cats and kittens, we have a bevy of other cats up for adoption.

You can reach us at forpetessakerescue @ yahoo. com  (remove three spaces).

Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed this update.

And just for fun, some additional photos:

This is the Dinner Death Star... don't even THINK about trying to get your hand in that bowl:) This is the reduced kitty version... only nine.
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Here's the lovely Galaxy:
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This one I am going to post on LOL Cats... you can see why:)
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And this one just makes me want to crawl into bed and take a nap!
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Originally posted to http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/ on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 05:40 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

    by cany on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 05:40:31 PM PST

  •  Thank you so much for the good news update (7+ / 0-)

    I've thought of these little ones often and wondered how they're doing.  Amazing how they can thrive with the right care and love, despite such difficult beginnings.

    Bless you for all you are doing for these kittens -- it is clearly a herculean effort -- and for helping to raise awareness, too.  

    •  Thanks Ebby, and it's my pleasure! (5+ / 0-)
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      triciawyse, 1BQ, Amber6541, trs, Ebby

      We're making headway! This is truly the most difficult rescue we have ever done. It has truly been a test of my will, as well. I'm stronger than I thought and have better rescue friends than I ever imagined!

      Even after decades at this, I have learned an awful lot with this rescue.  My vet also learned a new eye surgery technique last week (w/help from an eye specialist!) and she was very excited!

      Monday is a surgery to pin a cat leg (poor emaciated older cat was left to starve... dragging the leg).  We spent the last two weeks fattening him up and doing more and more blood work.  Everything is looking a LOT better for him, and the surgeon is only going to charge us $800.00 (gee, did I say only?)

      Jupiter, the glaucoma kitten who had her eye removed, will be staying with us unless we can get her into a sanctuary.  She is FAR too behaviorally inept for normal adoption.  You should see how she carries her tail... looks like an Akita tail... curled over her back.  Really interesting.  Given we have SO many blacks in this bunch, that's how I can tell her apart from the others from far, far away!  I've only seen this a couple of times in 30 years, and it is really interesting!

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 06:22:29 PM PST

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  •  Thank you...I couldn't do that without breaking (8+ / 0-)

    down.  You are an angel.  I hope those kitties know it.

    The Death Star deserves some LOL captions too.

    I've never claimed to be a leader of the DK eco community

    by RLMiller on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 06:23:33 PM PST

    •  okay, I will post that one too... good idea! (5+ / 0-)
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      triciawyse, 1BQ, Amber6541, trs, RLMiller

      Well there WERE days I thought I was falling apart.  I was so extremely tired (medication for all 24 3x day, ear cleanings, plus huge amounts of cleaning which is now easier since they no longer have to be isolated, though some still are for another couple of weeks).

      I called a friend who is also a cat rescuer and we figured it out... together.  Thank God for her, that's all I can say.

      It's wonderful to see them leave and go into new homes healthy and where they will be loved.  Rescue has it's purpose--to heal and place--but not to keep. There will always be a deep place in my heart for these cats and kittens.  They went throgh hell and came out the other side.  It does break my heart, though, that so many suffered and died at the hoarder's hands.

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 06:32:40 PM PST

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  •  What unbelievable acts of kindness you (3+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, cany, Ebby

    do! It would be so "easy" to euthanize all of them, but treating the ones who can be saved and finding forever homes for them is just heartwarming. Thanks for letting us know about the important work you do!

    "What value do private insurance companies provide?" - Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

    by 1BQ on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 06:26:44 PM PST

    •  Thanks for the kind thoughts and praise. (2+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541, Ebby

      I do appreciate it.

      The only time we DO euth is when suffering is occurring and I leave it up to my vet (who is FABULOUS with cats and owns twelve herself) to make that call.

      We, as humans, all go through some amount of pain in our lives that we (generally and hopefully) come through.  That is true for animals as well.  If I know their quality of life will be improved with a little bit of pain (which we can deal with just like humans, with pain meds) to get them out the other side, I am fine with that.

      But suffering?  Nope.  Won't go there.  And I surely hope if it were me, my friends and family would do the same.

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:00:42 PM PST

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